Magnetic South is an analog recording studio and record label. Capturing the grittiest, most far out sounds in the hills of Southern Indiana since 2008.


artist: The Cowboys
title: Live From Magnetic South
format: cassette
released: 2015

Doubt the existence of Rock and Roll? Reassure yourself with this raw set The Cowboys ripped in the basement of Magnetic South for WFHB's Local Live radio program.

Pro-duplicated & imprinted white shell cassette with full-color j-card & black imprinting.

artist: Various Artists
title: Crazy Al's Indiana Punk and New Wave 76-83 Compilation
format: cassette
released: 2015

Selections from the 2 CD compilation curated by Time Change Records. Dow Jones, Gizmos, MX-80, Dancing Cigarettes and more!

Pro-duplicated & imprinted white shell cassette with b/w J-card & labels.

artist: Zero Boys
title: History Of
format: cassette
released: 2014

Reissue of post-"Vicious Circle" tracks by the original Zero Boys lineup originally released on cassette by Affirmation Records.

Pro-duplicated & imprinted white shell cassette with b/w J-card & labels.

artist: Sitar Outreach Ministry
title: Revolution in Dimension 5
format: cassette C45
released: November 2014 [75 copies]

Newest psychedelic audio funhouse by Sitar Outreach Ministry, the infamous troupe of vagabond musicians led by the mighty Cosmic Gardener.

Pro-duplicated & imprinted red shell cassette with b/w J-card featuring art by Sir Plastic Crimewave.

artist: Nevermores
title: Lock Your Doors
format: 12" vinyl record [black]
released: November 2014 [300 copies]

The Nevermores is the Kingsmen covered in toxic slime; it’s Question Mark & the Mysterians stripped of its dark mirrors and reveling in cross-eyed ghoulishness. Here is the sound of close-quartered Indiana teens dissecting the vestigial jangle of the ’60s to birth a true rock’n’roll Frankenstein. Play it loud, but be sure to Lock Your Doors…

It all started back in 1990, in a fever dream. Matty Uhlman, a teenager who narrowly escaped an Indiana mud flat for Bloomington’s college music scene, was overcome with a cryptic vision born on black wings. However unintelligible, his sleeping mind spelled out his fate unmistakably: The Nevermores. Twenty-three years later, the man still shutters at the sight of a crow. With a hand-me-down Farfisa organ and a couple of Back from the Grave compilations, the Nevermores concocted a handful of paint-peeling garage-punk organgrinders, and peppered their sets with Nuggets "standards" to keep the party goingwell past curfew. Although they were unaware of the 60's punk pilfering happening inhipper cities at the time, they were drinking from the same cup as the The Gories and the Mummies

The teenybopper horror freakshow that was the Nevermores played just a few lease-breaking house parties before landing a bar gig, which the under-aged quintet weaseled their way into by distributing fake fliers with the Nevermores on the bill!

Lock Your Doors is a testament to the wild abandon and iron-clad will of bored teens full of rock’n’roll conviction, and captures their live sound in all its feral and fanged glory. Under the tutelage of John Terrill (Dancing Cigarettes, Mad Monk) and Dan Willems, the Nevermores gathered around a 4-track tape machine in a soggy basement, and blasted through their repertoire. Here, the Nevermores give you a monstrous platter of gut-punching one-take tunes. Fate doesn’t permit second chances and these kids could give a fuck about doing it right.

Black vinyl records inside 2-color silkscreened jacket.

artist: Apache Dropout
title: Heavy Window
format: 12" vinyl record [black] / 5" CD
released: August 2014 [1000 copies each format]

After three LPs and a clutch of 45s, Southern Indiana’s Apache Dropout have loosened an adherence to the divine mono sound and forged a scaly stereo technique for HEAVY WINDOW This is a deeper, blown out swagger of peer-less rock ‘n’ roll filtered through a lush three-dimensional spectrum

These 11 songs hoist Sonny Blood as one of today’s finest guitarist/writers stewed in the melodic tonic of Sir Winston & The Commons and his own fug’ed ‘n’ frenzied, black-out solos. Overdubbed and bounced between tracks until saturation set in, Sonny’s fuzz drenches the caveman rhythms into a timeless sound poetry smacking onto our suffering, circumstance and flesh. Yet this trio’s songs about conspiracies, revolutionaries and paranoia remain maverick, compact pop songs tethered to a chorus and groove.

Just as their self-titled debut snapped heads back, Apache Dropout has proven again they can rescore the garage rock aesthetic and remain undisputed purveyors of true lysergic North American boogie.

Formed in 2008, Apache Dropout have toured the sub-U.S. underground insistently while chaste to their uncompromising, out-of-step vision. After previous full-lengths on Trouble In Mind and Family Vineyard, Apache Dropout return to Magnetic South, the imprint of their debut single and the publishing arm of their analogue studio, for this LP/CD release. John Dawson recorded this album at the Bloomington, Indiana studio during fall 2013. LP comes with download code.

LP - Black vinyl records inside full color jacket with b/w insert.
CD - Black/white glass-mastered CD's inside gatefold wallet.


artist: Vacation Club
title: Heaven is Too High
format: 12" vinyl record [black]
released: May 2014 [500 copies]

Vacation Club’s debut full-length HEAVEN IS TOO HIGH fries you blind with a most pleasant and poisonous cocktail of psych-pop. The Indiana four-piece delivers infectiously poppy bubblegum chewed up and spit out by the agitated and chemical laced mind of misspent Midwestern youth.

In the tradition of HOOSIER HYSTERIA proto-punk, ala the Gizmos and the Panics, the Vacation boys turn the sounds of rocknroll’s distant shores into a homebaked brand of mutant sunshine and junkstore adrenaline. HEAVEN’S 11 tracks are sweet-tart melodies wrapped in colorful capsules that will turn your innards into a kaleidoscopic feast of rocknroll’s most alkaline fruit flavors.

Catchy punk riffs and teenybop backup vocals dart through stratospheric layers of reverb and corrosive fuzz guitar. With equal parts Daniel Johnston’s boy wonder and Johnny Rotten’s snottiness, Samuel James’s hormone-fueled and soda-lacquered voice cuts through all the paranoid chatter and leaves your better angels dead on the dissection table. Because heaven’s too high and she’s worth every shot.

Black vinyl records inside full color jacket with b/w insert.

artist: Thee Tsunamis
title: Delirium and Dark Waters
format: 7" vinyl record [transparent green]
released: March 2014 [500 copies]

Thee Tsunamis couldn't surf if their lives depended on it. But that don't mean these waters are safe to tread. The landlocked trio rattle that rock'n'roll cage with waves of teenage hysteria, and baptize you with reverb as thick as mud. On Delirium and Dark Waters, Betsy's Mustang, Josie's Univox, and Sharlene's bongo beats form a Bermuda triangle of sonic wreckage that channels Link Wray, the Sonics, and their High Priestess Poison Ivy. On a chill September night in Magnetic South's subterranean kitchen, Thee Tsunamis let loose 4 spooky, psychedelic tittyshakers and Cthulhu chants: Haunted House, Down at the Swamp, Spellcaster Lounge and Psycho. The junkyard twang and many-tentacled fuzz contained herein will sear your eardrums irrevocably with rock&roll's best kept secret: SHE LIVES!

Transparent green records with black & white labels inside printed jacket.

artist: Thee Tsunamis
title: A Goodbad Man is Hard to Find
format: C28 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: 1st Pressing (May 2013) - 3rd Pressing (Summer 2014)

Smoldering minimal Rock 'n' Roll trio Thee Tsunamis are likely to leave you more scorched than soggy when their wave crashes on the beach. 6 string dynamite exploding with a touch of twang, plus plenty of scream and skronk to make the surfers drop their boards and run for cover.

Glossy full color double-sided insert & pro-dubbed clear cassette with white imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Daring Ear
title: Afterflash
format: C36 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: Autumn 2013

Oakland, CA's Daring Ear returns with a limited edition cassette on heralded Southern Indiana label/studio, Magnetic South. This time around Daring Ear's Aaron Deer returns to his old haunt to conjure a truly dreamy / atmospheric experience. Joined by friends and former bandmates, "Afterflash" was recorded and mixed in 2 manic hippie speedball fuled days at Magnetic South Studios. The result is certainly more of a floating ambient affair than anything the label has previously produced. Psych-beat sorceries meet sitar swells and haunted space. The pulse of life holds and releases. Featuring members of Apache Dropout, Sitar Outreach Ministry, and Normanoak. Recorded and mixed entirely analog by John Dawson.

Glossy full color double-sided insert & pro-dubbed clear cassette with white imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Puppy vs. Dyslexia
title: Against All Todds
format: C66 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: 05/23/13

Magnetic South is pleased to present the (mostly) first time packaging of inscrutable Kentuckianian rare birds' 2005 studio work. Puppy inhabited it's own relentlessly google-eyed un-naturalist universe haunted by nude, Lisa Frank-headed contortionists where ritualistic sensibilities blurred the boundaries of sexual horror and adorable fluffs. The sound of depraved children blasted by speedy acid, boredom, and Boredoms that escaped to develop a unique lexicon of manic trance and transformational shamanic hootenanny.

Glossy full color double-sided insert & pro-dubbed clear cassette with white imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Blank Realm
title: Revolting Classics
format: C90 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: 05/23/13

Enigmatic early recordings reveal the genesis of the unclassifiable Australians abstract punk meditations. Ambient sequences merge with spontaneous rock-outs both restrained and liberated, layered with treated vocals, boiling over onto fried trash burners.

Glossy b/w double-sided insert & pro-dubbed white cassette with black imprint inside clear hardshell case.

artist: Thee Open Sex
title: Self-titled
format: 12" vinyl record [black]
released: 01/04/13

In 2013, after years in the midwestern freak scene pushing ear splitting cassettes, the rest of the Earth will discover Thee Open Sex. With their first proper full length, they approach the American alienation of Rocket From the Tombs as reductionists, aligning with German art rock robotics from the viewpoint of John Lydon.

While there’s a thousand bands mining the 70’s German minimalist psyche aesthetic, Thee Open Sex gets down on the Berlin street of Eno or Bowie as much as it explores Can's Inner Space. Songs come unhinged in the the cosmic pathways connecting the trance of Popul Vu, with Eddie Hazel's electromagnetism and the hypnotic thump of “Lust for Life.” The captivating aggression in vocalist Miss Mess suggests a spiritual depth while staying grounded on the planet where the Pagans and Dow Jones and the Industrials set up their amps. Her delivery emanates the bad-girl vibes of influential exploitation film “The Switchblade Sisters” instead of New Age ether.

Each of these songs were recorded at the all analogue Magnetic South studio in Bloomington, Indiana by John Dawson and Haley Fohr (aka Circuit des Yeux). Cover art from the mind of Mad Monk and Xerox the Kid.

12" record housed inside of black and white jacket with b/w insert.

artist: Circuit Des Yeux
title: CDY3
format: 10" vinyl record [black]
released: 01/04/13

The cryptic vision of Circuit des Yeux becomes ever more formed with this minialbum. Whereas the oft solo Chicago-based Haley Fohr is backed with a tourlearned combo to push these three songs into maximal view then, off into obliteration. Yet, the focus remains Fohr’s haunted, mournful melodies, where the edges of her voice twist toward inner conflict and white light aggression, and intricate feedback architecture of her guitar playing.

In this near anthem rock mode the songs become a liberation from the cacophonous orchestrations fashioned throughout Symphone and Sirenum and the isolation of last year’s Portrait -- all full-lengths on the De Stijl label. The retelling of “I’m On Fire” and the new "Lithonia" are classic structures filtered through Fohr's Romantic spirit and an emotional weight not far from Catherine Ribeiro or Peter Jefferies. The B-side “Helen, You Bitch” is a smudged, concrète-purposed solo that builds with drums and more guitar until the end.

Recorded at the all analogue Magnetic South in Bloomington, Indiana, this 300 edition 10-inch is the studio’s first widespread release on its in-house label after previous titles from Apache Dropout, Learner Dancer and Tammar.

10" record housed inside of black and white cardstock foldover sleeve with b/w insert.

artist: Apache Dropout
title: Bubblegum Graveyard
format: C60 [TYPE I - pro-dubbed]
released: Summer 2012 [300 copies]

Traveling down the long road of Indiana's great & rich musical history will lead you past The Gizmos, The Zero Boys, Brad Long, Zerfas & eventually to Bloomington trio Apache Dropout. The band's self-titled 2011 album was a kick in the pants to everyone who dared cry that 'rock is dead,' infusing psych, garage, pop & boogie with enough soul & blood to pump a thousand hearts.

Pro-dubbed cassettes in clear shells with white imprinting and full color inserts.

artist: Apache Dropout
title: Do the Splendid Crown
format: 7" [mono - black wax]
released: Summer 2009 [420 copies]

First vinyl outing from Apache Dropout. A heavy dance number backed with a dark ballad reveals these weirdos at their rawest. Get it while you can.

Black vinyl with red and silver labels. Black ink on red cardstock insert, inside of thick paper foldover with handstamped art in dozens of colors.